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Loki, God of Thieves and Trickery

Loki, the Trickster

 

Origin

Loki is the son of the giant Farbauti and the giantess Laufey. A legend says that Loki stood with Odin when the world of Midgard was first created. The stories of Loki are numerous and infamous. Loki once transformed into a needle to sneak into the tightly-built hall Sessrumnir. He once cut off all of Sif's hair as a prank, but dwarves crafted her enchanted hair made of gold to grow in its place. On more than one occasion he gave Thor fleas. He has stolen the Golden Apples of Idun and the Necklace of Brisingamen from Freya. He once attempted to woo Selune of the Faerunian pantheon.   Loki once slew the dwarf Oter, brother of the blacksmith Regin and the dragon Fafnir. Forced by tradition to pay financial compensation, Loki robbed the dwarf Andvari to obtain the money. Andvari cursed a single golden ring so that men shall kill their own family for it.   Loki has often helped the gods of Asgard; it is for these acts that he was made blood brother of Odin, and that he is tolerated by the gods. He once assumed the form of a mare to distract the stallion of the giant who built the walls of Asgard, so that the giant would miss his deadline and could not claim payment; Loki became pregnant and birthed the horse Sleipnir. He helped return Thor's hammer Mjolnir when it was stolen by the frost gaint Thrym, by disguising himself and Thor as women. And when tasked with having the dwarves craft Sif's golden hair, Loki leveraged the situation to have them craft Odin's spear Gungnir, Odin's ring Draupnir, Thor's hammer Mjolnir, and Frey's ship Skidbladnir.   However, Loki has also performed great sins against the gods of Asgard. He tricked the blind god Hod into killing his brother Balder with a mistletoe dart, Balder's one weakness.

Appearance and Personality

Loki is a handsome young man. He is capable of changing his shape, and often assumes female form. He stands six feet tall, and always wears red and black, even when he takes other guises. Loki is restless, impulsive, talkative, and highly sociable. He is particularly clever, and enjoys subverting expectations. He often plays practical jokes on the other Norse deities. However, they also value him for his ability to think outside the box and solve problems in ways the other gods would not have considered. Loki is proud and vainglorious. He believes himself the best of the Norse gods, and will always take an opportunity to prove himself smarter and better capable. This attitude often raises the ire of the gods of Asgard, and they are rarely motivated to help Loki with his own problems.   Loki's habit of treachery is so ingrained that it causes him significant psychological issues. Since he is so used to lies, he sees no truth or purpose in anything, and worships only his own mischief-making. This endless self-deception causes Loki to lead a hollow, unsatisfying existence.   Loki is chaotic evil in alignment. However, he does not become truly evil until Ragnarok approaches, where his resentment for the gods of Asgard accumulates during his torture and imprisonment at their hands.

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